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Focusing on soccer may have a troubling effect on teenage girls

Diversify your (sports) portfolio.

Girls who played only soccer said they were more stressed.


In youth athletics, as anyone who has ever been around it can tell you, every is a blood sport. Competition for top spots, high pressure to succeed, and the allure of a college scholarship are pushing younger and younger kids to pick just one sport and stick to it. But that early specialization doesn’t lead to any particular advantage—and there are downsides, too. Kids who specialize have and, according

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